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Grateful Dead Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on 1985-06-27


Topics Live concert


Midnight Hour-> Bertha-> Little Red Rooster, Stagger Lee-> El Paso, Crazy Fingers-> Supplication-> High Time, Hell In A Bucket-> Don't Ease Me In Feel Like A Stranger-> Eyes Of The World-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Spoonful-> Black Peter-> Turn On Your Love Light, E:Johnny B. Goode-> E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Location Saratoga Springs, NY

Source Amy's Soundboard VHS > Cassette > DAT> CDR

Notes

Amy's Soundboard VHS > Cassette > DAT> CDR; CD Re-Mastering, EAC'ed / SHN'ed by Scott Clugston

Reviews

Reviewer: jjohnson4180 - - April 5, 2013
Subject: First show
This was my first and only GD show, as I was five years old and with my parents! I would be lying if I said I can remember any of these songs, but I do recall the incredible scene on the lawn, at the campsite that night, and all over town the next day. Listening to this now is a real gift to me, as I was never able to see the band in its entirety again (although I will be seeing Dark Star Orchestra in Malibu this weekend!)
Reviewer: dupree413 - - August 1, 2012
Subject: Could have been a Vault Release
I certainly am not arguing that 11/1/85 is not a show worthy of Dick's Picks. But this show could be and hopefully one day will be released.

I know - there is a big draw back from that!!

But this is one of the top 5 shows (imho) of '84, '85 and '86.

It has most everything - Midnite Hour opening, Crazy Fingers, wild happenings on the Balcony, Supplication Jam. And that's just the first set.

Stranger is cooking!!! Brent matches rock star Weir "crazy Night!!!" The segue into "Eyes" is not perfect, but what a song choice for Jerry!
PostSpace is awesome...and this may be the best post-Pigpen Lovelight (helped by Healy's echo and reverb) that Weir ever did. (I know that is still a cry from Ron RIP).

Anyway...JBG is also sizzling and I think along with She Belongs to Me, Jerry REALLY connected with Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue."

Enjoy God Bless.
Reviewer: njpg - - June 28, 2012
Subject: Pretty good show,
kind of jarring & unpleasant sounding board.
Reviewer: dfvellone - - January 15, 2011
Subject: crazy spac
It's great to read these reviews of this SPAC show to help validate my slightly twisted memories of this electric night. I'll second what the previous reviewer said about the rapid-fire song to song nature of this show. Though I was in a state of mind to be readily manipulated by the band, the progression and pace of songs was like a riptide to be certain, and after being pulled out into their crashing waves Baby Blue was the most soothing and calming landing. This was a great show and great tour really. Didn't it pour rain too? Thanks for the recording.
Reviewer: erwinguitars - - August 17, 2010
Subject: GD Train
First GD show of 53. Still the best Stranger Ive heard. This was an interesting show of sorts.Had fourth row center seats due to my then neighbor having seats there...Top 5 shows Ive seen..Thought it was better than Hershey Park the following day...
Reviewer: recession ecology - - July 30, 2010
Subject: Good Times @ SPAC
Greetings, This my 6th show.The Bridge was filled, Garcia was rockin, THEY WERE WELL ON THEIR WAY. Reaaly long and goode Eyes. Every Song was worth a lifetime of unlimeted devotion.
Reviewer: Alex, Geddy, Neil, Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Mickey, Billy - - November 12, 2007
Subject: those were the days my friend...
...i thought they'd never end..
Reviewer: Old&OuttadaWay - - September 7, 2007
Subject: hearing this for first time in 22 years
may have been my 2nd show as well. hitchhiked with a couple buddies, just enough dough for lawn seats. night in the rain wrapped in garbage bags. inundating the local pricechopper with "head shopping hour." ate the same italian combo for 3 days. sounds like the show was good too. only thing i recall was the joke and some guy stripping to rooster on the center walkway.
Reviewer: Yeahbaby - - August 25, 2007
Subject: CLASSICK SPAC
SPAC shows in 83, 84 and 85 were some of the best moments I had touring. Its great to listen to this stuff. Crowd and the scene and the music all worked together at SPAC we were all definately having a high time on this night.
Reviewer: jamiejoon - - August 2, 2007
Subject: A gem
One of the best shows from a terrific summer tour. Flawless first set, including (in my opinion), candidates for best 80's versions of High Time, Stagger Lee, Crazy Fingers, and Supplication. I was there, though not totally in my body, and was blown away from beginning to end. SPAC was an awesome place to see the Dead. The guy fell from the balcony like 15 feet from me, got up and walked away- right after Bobby's bad joke.
Reviewer: nameeman - - July 20, 2007
Subject: what a night...
Any possibility of getting this show for dowloading in .shn?
gdlive has been down for way too long.
was there in 85, loved the show, looking for a great sounding version of it. You have to love all those tall pines around SPAC, what a great place for a show. Lawn all the way with lysergic acid dythylamide, a square piece of pizza, then space blew my mind later that evening. Was standing next to a big stack of speakers on the lawn dosed out.
Reviewer: craven714 - - June 28, 2007
Subject: Is it me?
Was the final verse of Bertha skipped or what?
Reviewer: Chris Freedom - - March 23, 2007
Subject: Why 1985 is underated
This show is a prime of example of the Grateful Dead
freight train of 1985, On a good night, Once they got going they just played one tune into the next.
There are only three rest spots in the first set and none , zero, zilch, nada in the second set.
You had to be mighty quick writing down your set list!

-The previous reviewer raises a good point about the N.Y. State troopers. I grew up in N.Y.C and those upstate cops are just wired differently.
Reviewer: serpentbox - - October 10, 2006
Subject: Second Show
This was my second show. Drove up from Long Island in the back of a 1976 Gold Duster with three other dudes and sold a batch of early tee's made with the famous Aljo dyes from NYC. This paid for my show and my weed. I remember that we contructed a make-shift tent using Hefty bags and using the open trunk of the Duster as a frame. We were stoned to the B-Jesus and it took us two hours to build it. We were proud. Then the Jack-booted NY State Trooper showed up and destroyed our tent with his billy-club, he also took my 22" US Bong equipped with a six-bowl Slider, all fully packed with green, stinky, deslicious weed. That bastard ruined our tent but did not ruin the show. I remember bits and pieces and all of it ethereal, surreal and other-worldy, as SPAC shows always were. I slept that night in the trunk of the Duster curled around the spare.
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